The Threat & Thinking Torture

L.J. Moran

L.J. Moran currently lives in S. Jersey. She’s into animal rescue, horror conventions, and is addicted to coffee.
The threat not the act of physical harm is most compelling to me. A scene in Flavors of Death uses a small dark room, a victim chained to the floor and the tormentor nearby. The victim is given a quick glimpse of the nasty tools, the deformed animals waiting to be released to bite, then plunged back into darkness to await their fate.

Mary Shelley uses light and dark scenes to mimic the characters moods. She allows the reader to frighten his or herself much like Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological genus giving the audience peeks into what may happen next.

In my book Satan’s Sting the threat in the cellar are children and a puppy. Once trapped in the bowels of an old Monastery, if you come out again, your not the same. I play upon the fears of the dark, bugs, murderous children and a physically strong victim that finds himself helpless.

I think graphic gore is more for shock value. An author must create a world that doesn’t remind the reader they are reading a book. It has to be an experience. Once that line is broken, I believe the scene falls apart whether it is physical or psychological in nature.

As a child I was more frightened at what might be hiding in the dark shadows of my room, the basement or the closet. The longer I laid in bed or stood on the top step looking down, the higher the terror level as I waited for the unseen to jump out and grab me.


Dina Rae

Dina Rae has penned 6 books with a 7th on the way. Her themes revolve around conspiracy NWO paranormal, and aliens. The Best Seller is her latest release.

When I think of physical torture, I think of spies torturing their enemies or the Mafia torturing people they need information from. As scary as all of that is, nothing topped the torture scenes in the movie Seven. The movie is about a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as an excuse to kill his victims. The torture scenes either show or infer the ultimate pain in both psychological and physical torture. For example, the director shows an obese man who is forced to eat his stomach. Later on, in the movie, a man is murdered with a metal phallic device inserted into his anus. Recently, the movie Nocturnal Animals had me unhinged when two women were kidnapped, raped, and then murdered. My favorite kind of torture to write/read about or watch in a movie is cannibalism. There is nothing more terrifying than humans eating humans. Hannibal Lector is a very odd protagonist. My novel Halo of the Damned had quite a few cannibal scenes in it. My latest novel, The Best Seller, has torture scenes of doctors who mutilate their patients in the name of advancing science.

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Documentary Review: Apocalypse: Staline

ApocalypseStalineDoing something different this week because we recently watched the three part documentary, Apocalypse: Staline on the American Hero Channel, and I came away terrified. Here’s what it’s about:

“Joseph Stalin’s rise to power while killing a FUCK load of innocent human beings.”

That happens to be my synopsis for the show in case you didn’t notice.

You know that saying, “Stranger than fiction,” well, it also works for “More horrific than fiction.” This documentary is just another reminder that down through history, us Average Joe’s are helpless as we stand by and watch our leaders pick sides with who they think is the lesser of two evils. In this case, the Allies joined forces with a man who makes Satin himself look like a sympathetic guy.

The footage is spectacular! I wondered what Russian archives were opened to make this mini-series. I watched engrossed as each and every minute of this documentary progressed. So well done! Go now, watch it on the American Hero Channel’s website or YouTube (I think it’s there too.).

Come back and tell me you don’t see similarities to a certain man who also wants to rise to the most power position on earth today. I mean it’s much better to live in denial, right? Kidding, of course. Couldn’t resist adding my own political commentary. Just watch it and be reminded of how much worse this world has been in the past along with the knowledge that history DOES repeat itself.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

Movie Review: Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

Sharknado4Bet you weren’t surprised to see this week’s review is Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock and have never seen a Sharknado movie, here’s what it’s about:

“Fin, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the five years since the most recent attack, but now sharks and tornadoes are being whipped up in unexpected ways and places.”

In preparation for this review, I re-watched Sharknado 1 and 2, and finally watched 3. Have to first say I’m a huge fan of these movies, but the verdict is out on whether I loved 4 as much as the others. The 4th movie was way more ‘all over the place’ than the others. Sure, crazy cheezy and incredibly unbelievable are two positive qualities for the Sharknado franchise. However, while watching 4 you can’t look away from the screen for even a second or you’ll miss something. Even though Thunder Levin is the sole writer, it felt like there were twenty writers, each competing to outdo the others in crazy scenes. This was not a good thing.

I did like that they jumped five years into the future and how they brought most of the characters back together. Moving to land tornados seemed right, but again, there were way too many types of land tornados.

While I’m hung up on some of the negative things that stood out, I did like the movie. And I’m watching it for a second time while writing this review. Did I just admit to that?

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Bloody Brains (1 star down from the 5 I give the first 3 movies.)

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TV Review: Preacher

PreacherI’m in a very confused state of mind going into this week’s review. It’s Preacher, the new AMC show, that has me perplexed. Here’s what it’s about:

“What if an angel and a demon procreate? What would that offspring be? Would it be holy or demonic or both? Preacher Is that tale. The offspring has no body, just a soul. That soul needs a body and chose Jessie. A preacher from Texas with a loss of faith and a drinking problem. The offspring called Genesis bonds with Jessie giving him the word of God. What he says is done.”

I just can’t figure out how I feel about this show. I have a laundry list of good and bad things to say about it. It’s like when you sit down, fold a piece of paper in half, and list the pros and cons, but you come up even and still can’t make up your mind.

Mainly, I come away for most show confused. It’s all over the friggin’ place, so much so that quite often it loses my interest. Maybe it’s because I haven’t read the comic series. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been watching Talking Preacher, and I’m dense and need someone to explain what I’m supposed to be leaving each show knowing. If you ask me, that alone makes it a bad show.

Still, I’m into the characters most of the time. They feel right out of a comic book, and I love that. Dominic Cooper who plays Preacher then lose my interest, and I’m back wondering why I’m watching. Same goes for the storyline. No consistency with this series. But the cinematography is awesome!

Why does Preacher keep losing me only to draw me back in with each new show? Why do I keep watching? Considering we’re 9 episodes in, I might have to tell you if something clicks during season 2, but right now I’m taking the cowards way out and rating Preacher right in the middle.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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Movie Review: Extinction

ExtinctionThis week’s review is Extinction: The G.M.O. Chronicles, an older zombie movie released back in 2011 that stood out as one to watch on Netflix. Here’s what it’s about:

“The remaining survivors of pan-global epidemic face a race against time to find a cure before they succumb to its zombie-inducing effects. Holed up in an abandoned military base, Tom and his fellow survivors, their numbers dwindling with each successive day, desperately search for a way of stopping the outbreak and returning their lives to normal. Unfortunately for them, it soon becomes clear that the virus has mutated, turning those affected into rabid, cannibalistic creatures. Can Tom and his friends find a way to stop the seemingly inevitable, or are they doomed to a grisly fate?”

Extinction: The G.M.O. Chronicles is an okay zombie movie. It had its moments. It kept my attention. I didn’t hate the main character. Problem was it dragged in more places than not. I guess what I’m saying is if the makers of this movie were on a reality TV competition, they’d be safe to move on to the week.

Note my odd rating below. Well, it’s because I didn’t like it enough to give it a 3, but felt it needed a little more love than a 2.5. Am I saying, don’t watch it? No, but I’m also not recommending this one either. I’ll leave it at that.

My Rating: 2.85 out of 5 Bloody Brains

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I prefer movies rated below a 4 on IMDB.

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